God Lives Underwater  ------->  David Reilly


God Lives Underwater was an industrial-rock band from Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania formed in 1992. The band consisted of David Reilly (vocals / keyboards / guitar), Jeff Turzo (keyboards / guitar), Andrew McGee (guitar), and Adam Kary (drums). Their sound was heavily influenced by Depeche Mode, Nine Inch Nails, and David Bowie. David frequently used the term "techno-pop rock" to describe their sound.

 

Their first album, GLU, was recorded in 1993 and included the single, "No More Love," which also appeared in the film Johnny Mnemonic. The video for "No More Love" received moderate rotation on MTV. Another song from the album, "Drag Me Down," appeared in the film The Doom Generation. Rolling Stone Magazine gave the album 7.5 stars out of 10. God Lives Underwater went out on one major tour during this period, co-headling with the band Maids of Gravity. They also opened for Slayer in Florida.

 

The band released their second album, Empty, in 1995, which included the singles "All Wrong" and "Don't Know How To Be." The video for "All Wrong" on MTV, as well as significant airplay on radio stations across the country, helped catapult God Lives Underwater into the mainstream. The second single, "Don't Know How To Be," wasn't as popular on the radio, and its video was played much less frequently. Another song from the album, "Tortoise," appeared in the film National Lampoon's Senior TripAn outtake from the album called "Weight" was used in the film Mortal Kombat's soundtrack, Mortal Kombat: More Kombat. AllMusic gave the album 3 stars out of 5. God Lives Underwater played with KMFDM, Lords Of Acid, Life Of Agony, Filter, Korn, Sublime, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Spacehog, and Social Distortion. Adam Kary, God Lives Underwater's drummer, left the band after the tour cycle for Empty was complete. The band recruited drummer Scott Garrett (previously from the band The Cult) as their new drummer.

While they recorded their second album, David and Jeff recorded two songs under the moniker Heavy. These two songs remained unreleased until after David's death. 

 

Their third album, Life In The So-Called Space Age, was released in 1998. This album was the band's highest charting album,which landed at #137 on the Billboard charts. It also contained the band's biggest single, "From Your Mouth," which peaked at #17 on the Billboard charts. The video was played in heavy rotation on MTV. The song appeared in the Daria episode "Pierce Me," as well as the film GossipThe second single from Life In The So-Called Space Age, "Rearrange," wasn't nearly as popular, even though it received significant airplay. There wasn't a video made for it, either. Entertainment Weekly gave the album a B+ score. The band played with Semisonic, Fuel, Stabbing Westward, Econoline Crush, Creed, Jimmie's Chicken Shack, Type O Negative, Deftones, No Doubt, Scott Weiland, Green Day, and Soul Asylum.

 

God Lives Underwater's fourth, and final, album, Up Off The Floor, was recorded in 2000. It contains the single, "Tricked." It only received minimal airplay and no video was produced for the song. An outtake from the album, a cover of David Bowie's "Fame," was used in the film 15 Minutes and was featured on the soundtrack. A video was shot for the song by the director of the movie, which spliced scenes of Robert DeNiro from the film into shots of the band playing. The album received 3.5 stars out of 5 from AllMusic. The band only played one show, in Hollywood, to promote the album. It was their final show, on July 13, 2000.

 

David Reilly released his first solo-album in 2001, an electronic instrumental project called Robot Teen America. The album consisted of four tracks, all titled "Living In Syn" (1-4), and was limited to only 77 copies. He sold them through the God Lives Underwater website on a first come first serve basis. The album was dedicated to his fiance, Monica "Seven" Young, who died in 2000. David didn't play any shows to support Robot Teen America.

 

On September 1, 2001, David played a solo acoustic show at TT The Bear's Place in Cambridge, MA. The show featured 9 God Lives Underwater songs, spanning the band's four albums, as well as a Depeche Mode cover of the song "Stripped," and the very first song David ever wrote at 16 years old called "Ordinary Man."

 

In 2002, David was involved in a new project called Fluzee. It consisted of David on vocals and guitar, Adam Kary on guitar, and Patrick Halsup on drums. Fluzee released only one album titled 7 and sold in limited edition. The title of the album was another tribute to David's fiance. Fluzee didn't tour, but they did play a handful of shows in the Philadelphia area before they broke up.

 

In 2004, David released his first official solo album that he was credited to. The album Inside didn't produce any singles or videos. However, David did embark on a national tour to promote the album. He put together a band which included David Trusso on guitar and Bejamin Juul on drums. During the tour, he played every song from Inside, as well as numerous God Lives Underwater fan favorites.

 

David had completed the recording of his final solo album, How Humans R(x), just weeks before he died on October 16, 2005. The album was shelved by the record label, finished but unmastered. In 2007, Jeff Cavanaugh took the songs and mastered the album himself. How Humans R(x) was released independently in 2009 and limited to only 100 copies.

 

In 2007, a novel about God Lives Underwater and David Reilly called Dreams Are Unfinished Thoughts was published by David's friend Brian Paone. The book is available in paperback, eBook, and audiobook.